State-level funding for the arts, humanities, heritage, and allied forms of culture is an important source of financial support, dwarfing the aid provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This investigation, underwritten by the Pew Charitable Trusts, shows that states support culture through policies and programs scattered across state government and through means that go beyond direct funding.
The goal of this convening was to plan a large-scale study of state funding of the arts and humanities. No such study had been done for the past thirty years, despite state funding being the largest conduit of public funding for the arts and humanities.
The study, titled Mapping State Cultural Policy: The State of Washington, was published in 2003.
"The State Arts Agency Policy Environment" — Kelly Barsdate